Also known as The Aspen Report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries was published in the fall of 2014 and was talked about in various blogs and was suggested reading for the November 2014 All Directors meeting. If you’re anything like me, you had the best of intentions about reading this report (and all the other library related reports). I finally read the report in August of 2015 when the SCLS Consultants held our first Book Club with this as our choice. The two hour discussion we had that day leads directly to the SCLS Reads.
Kicking off today and continuing for the next four months, we’re going to read Rising to the Challenge together. I’ll post monthly here on the Know More blog with the next “assignment,” some questions to think about, and a related library story or two. Please feel free to comment on the blog post with questions or additional stories. Or, for those of you who are on Facebook, I’m considering starting a SCLS Reads group so we can start an online discussion. Completely optional and up to you - we could have a public group (like the WLA Reads from a couple weeks ago). Fill out this one question form to let me know.
At the March 17, 2016 All Directors Meeting, we’ll have an in-person discussion* of Rising to the Challenge. The book is available for free as a PDF download here and, thanks to Michael Spelman from Madison Public Library, I have two copies in the Professional Collection that you can borrow.
If you’ve already read Rising to the Challenge, join in the discussion online and in-person. I’ll be re-reading it along with everyone over the next few months. In addition, there is an Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library that is currently in pilot testing (our own Columbus Public Library is one of the testing libraries). When the final version is out, we’ll share that with you, too.
For the first assignment, we’ll read the Foreword, the Executive Summary, and the first chapter - through page 6.
If you have suggestions, questions, or stories to share, please let Jean know.
PDF link to Rising to the Challenge
*And, the in-person discussion of Rising to the Challenge would count as a CE for certification purposes.